Re: Forest County Electric options
The new electronic "smart" meters will read useage down to milamps where the old "mechanical" (gear driven) meter would never read usage that low.
The old mechanical meters took a certain amount of "starting current" to make the disc turn, if you had a clock or a electronic thermostate and nothing else on at the time the older meters would never record any usage as the current used didn't reach the threshold to "start" the disc turning (farmers who had fencers on and nothing else paid no usage as the mechanicals would never start on the "pulse").
The electronics will read even the amount of current it takes to power that transformer on your furnace that converts 120 volts to 24 for the thermostate (takes about 8 kwh per month on average).
As things "turn on", lights,hot water tank etc, all those small users would add on and be recorded as the meter was already turning with the older meters. Thus some place with little usage will see a bigger difference with the change (on their monthly bill)than a larger user.
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